6 Degrees Group ranked No. 22nd on 2015 University of Georgia Bulldog 100 list
Athens, Ga. – 6 Degrees Group, based in Alpharetta, Ga., was recognized as the No. 22nd fastest-growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2015 Bulldog 100 Celebration Feb. 7th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.
6 Degrees Group, co-owned by 1987 UGA graduate Tracy Manning Bates, along with Brian Risinger, is a full-service accounting and finance placement firm, matching top Atlanta employers with skilled professionals.
“We are so proud to be a part of the Bulldog 100 community. Being in the top 25 is an absolute honor. In just our second year of eligibility, we’ve moved up the list due to our level of growth over the year. Our goal is always to offer the very best in matching great people with great companies. Having a terrific relationship with our clients and a finger on the pulse of the best candidates has significantly contributed to our growth and success” said 6 Degrees Group owner, Tracy Bates.
The Bulldog 100, a program coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA graduates.
More than 450 nominations were received for the 2015 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including dentistry, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. Companies as far west as Texas and as far northeast as Pennsylvania, made the list this year. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year’s Bulldog 100 businesses was 47.66 percent.
Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review nominated business’ financial records to determine the ranked list.
Nominations for the 2015 Bulldog 100 were accepted between January and May 2014. To be considered for the list, each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2011, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who owns at least 50 percent of the company or be the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate.
To recognize the 100 businesses’ success and the 146 alumni who lead them, the UGA Alumni Association hosted the 2015 Bulldog 100 Celebration Feb. 7 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. The evening began with an optional roundtable discussion session with Bulldog 100 business owners, followed by a reception, dinner and keynote address given by 1981 UGA graduate Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
The 2015 fastest-growing business was Kabbage, Inc., an Atlanta-based firm co-founded by 1995 UGA graduate Marc Gorlin. Kabbage pioneered the first financial services data and technology platform to provide small businesses with financing. The company uses data, such as shipping history, business volume, and social media activity, to extend short-term cash advances to small- and medium-sizes businesses online.
“The strength of the businesses on this year’s Bulldog 100 list illustrates the quality of a University of Georgia education,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, UGA executive director of alumni relations. “The university prides itself on preparing the state and country’s future business leaders and the alumni who own these businesses are the result of that focus on serving the state, nation and world.”
To view the complete list of 2015 Bulldog 100 businesses, photos from the event or nominate a business for the 2016 Bulldog 100, see www.alumni.uga.edu/b100. Nominations will be accepted from Feb. 9, 2015 through June 1, 2015 at that website.